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Diners enjoy the comfort food served at The (Credit: Linda Rosier)

Diners enjoy the comfort food served at The Breslin at 16 West 29th St. in Manhattan. (Feb. 21, 2012)

NYC picks: Comfort foods for your soul


New York City is a playground for food lovers. Everyone has a favorite spot and a beloved dish. Before spring menus are unveiled at restaurants around the city, we offer one last look at the comfort food favorites that took us through the heart of winter -- and satisfy any time of year. --Marie Elena Martinez, Special to Newsday

Peels, at 345 Bowery in Manhattan, serves up
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Peels, at 345 Bowery in Manhattan, serves up all sorts of comfort food, including the self-explanatory "Build a Biscuit" with avocado and bacon. (Feb. 22, 2012)

A blackboard lists the nightly specials at The
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A blackboard lists the nightly specials at The Blue Ribbon Bakery at 35 Downing St. in Manhattan. (Feb. 22, 2012)

Blue Ribbon Bakery at 35 Downing St. in
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Blue Ribbon Bakery at 35 Downing St. in Manhattan makes its own bread sticks. (Feb. 22, 2012)

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Onion soup is one of the offerings at
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Onion soup is one of the offerings at the Blue Ribbon Bakery at 35 Downing St. in Manhattan. (Feb. 22, 2012)

Waiters prepare the tables at Blue Ribbon Bakery
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Waiters prepare the tables at Blue Ribbon Bakery at 35 Downing St. in Manhattan for dinner. (Feb. 22, 2012)

A cook carries out breads fresh from the
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A cook carries out breads fresh from the oven in the cellar at the Blue Ribbon Bakery at 35 Downing St. in Manhattan. (Feb. 22, 2012)

Fried chicken is one of the comfort food
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Fried chicken is one of the comfort food offerings at the Blue Ribbon Bakery at 35 Downing St. in Manhattan. ( Feb. 22, 2012)

A waiter prepares the tables at the Blue
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A waiter prepares the tables at the Blue Ribbon Bakery at 35 Downing St. in Manhattan for the dinner rush. ( Feb. 22, 2012)

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The Blue Ribbon Bakery is located at 35
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The Blue Ribbon Bakery is located at 35 Downing St. in Manhattan and serves comfort food. (Feb. 22, 2012)

The shrimp with grits is one of the
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The shrimp with grits is one of the offerings served at Peels, at 345 Bowery in Manhattan. (Feb. 22, 2012)

On the ground floor at Peels, at 345
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On the ground floor at Peels, at 345 Bowery in Manhattan, there is a cafe and bakery. (Feb. 22, 2012)

A customer lingers over coffee at the counter
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A customer lingers over coffee at the counter at Peels, at 345 Bowery in Manhattan, known for its comfort food. (Feb. 22, 2012)

The grilled cheese sandwich is one of the
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The grilled cheese sandwich is one of the comfort food offerings served at The Breslin at 16 West 29th St. in Manhattan. (Feb. 21, 2012)

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The second floor dining room at Peels, at
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The second floor dining room at Peels, at 345 Bowery in Manhattan, is more formal than the downstairs with flowers, elegant lamps and tall ceilings. (Feb. 22, 2012)

Diners linger in the informality of the ground
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Diners linger in the informality of the ground floor cafe and bakery at Peels, at 345 Bowery in Manhattan. (Feb. 22, 2012)

On the ground floor, there is a cafe
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On the ground floor, there is a cafe and bakery at Peels, at 345 Bowery in Manhattan; it's a venue known for its comfort food. (Feb. 22, 2012)

Peels restaurant is located at 345 Bowery in
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Peels restaurant is located at 345 Bowery in Manhattan. (Feb. 22, 2012)

The Breslin is located at 16 West 29th
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The Breslin is located at 16 West 29th St. in Manhattan. (Feb. 21, 2012)

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In the kitchen, one of the chefs plates
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In the kitchen, one of the chefs plates lunch offerings at The Breslin at 16 West 29th St. in Manhattan. (Feb. 21, 2012)

Comfort food is served at The Breslin at
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Comfort food is served at The Breslin at 16 West 29th St. in Manhattan. (Feb. 21, 2012)

Diners enjoy the comfort food served at The
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Diners enjoy the comfort food served at The Breslin at 16 West 29th St. in Manhattan. (Feb. 21, 2012)

Diners linger over lunch in the private booths
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Diners linger over lunch in the private booths at The Breslin at 16 West 29th St. in Manhattan. (Feb. 21, 2012)

The Breslin restaurant is located at 16 West
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The Breslin restaurant is located at 16 West 29th St. in Manhattan. (Feb. 22, 2012)

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The bar at The Breslin, at 16 West
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The bar at The Breslin, at 16 West 29th St. in Manhattan, is decorated with pigs. (Feb. 22, 2012)

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